American Bar Association
Standing Committee on Pro Bono

Standing Committee on Pro Bono

Mission and Goals

The Pro Bono committee works to persuade mediators, arbitrators and others to do pro bono dispute resolution work and to work with legal services and state bar and national pro bono offices to set up such programs and policies.


  • In February 2003 the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution adopted the following resolution:

    The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution urges each mediator, arbitrator or other neutral to devote at least 50 hours annually to providing pro bono ADR services; attorneys who are not neutrals to devote a portion of their pro bono services to assisting needy litigants involved in ADR proceedings; and bar associations to credit such pro bono activities toward an attorney's mandatory or aspirational pro bono requirements.
  • Goals

    The goals for the pro bono committee are (1) to implement and follow-thru with the mini-grants that were awarded in May and (2) to assist with the expansion and improvement of pro bono ADR programs through outreach and educational programs.

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        Is Arbitration Fair?


        Program Description : Arbitration has traditionally been promoted as a means to increase the efficiency and speed of adjudication while preserving fairness. But critics are increasingly questioning the fairness claimparticularly in the realm of consumer contracts. This potentially impairs the ...

        Making Arbitration Great Again: How to Avoid Mistakes Arbitrators and Counsel Make


        The event will be held on 01/24/2017. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Center for Professional Development,Section of Dispute Resolution,Section of Litigation. The event has 1.00 CLE Credits .

        Ethical Challenges with Challenging Clients


        This session will use a series of case studies to examine the ethical obligations and options for an attorney faced with a client who insists on ignoring good advice and making bad choices. What choices can only be made by the client? What choices are left up to the attorney? How should the attorney ...

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